The Gantt Report – Government Pimping

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Growing up in the housing projects and ghettos of Atlanta, I saw my share of gamblers, hustlers, pickpockets, peddlers and pan handlers.

When I moved to Tallahassee, I saw a lot of things but a lot of things I didn’t see!

Let me explain. Growing up on the streets, so to speak, I learned to recognize the different positions on the hustler totem pole. I knew where you saw drugs, somewhere, not too far away, was a drug house or drug dealer. When I saw some whores, I knew if I sat around long enough I would see a pimp.

I’ve spent some time in many different parts of Tallahassee, both uptown and downtown. My eyes were wide open and I thought I was being somewhat observant. However, I didn’t find out until recently that I was blind to an activity that may have taken place in Tallahassee and could take place anywhere in the world.

I saw whores in Tallahassee. I knew where they walked. I knew where they worked and played.

But guess what? I have never, ever, seen a pimp in Florida’s Capitol City!

I wondered to myself, how could this be? Not one single “Tallahassee Slim”, “Big Bend Ice”, “Southside Superfly” or “Dynamite Leon” could be found.

Then it was explained to me and the phenomenon became very clear.

In some places, the police are the pimps. The governments are the gangsters and the banks are the hustlers!

In some places, the whores pay the police to stay out of jail and they pay the judges to get lenient sentences.

Back in the day, gangsters controlled the hood just as they did in the 1950s and 1960s in Atlanta and many other metropolitan communities. At a certain point, the gangsters went “corporate” and people like J. Edgar Hoover, Lester Maddox and Bull Connor took over control of the streets.

The mob went corporate and got into casinos and organized labor.

So called legitimate companies started hiring lawyers and lobbyists to figure out ways to change laws so that robbing and stealing would be legal.

But somebody had to run the street. Someone had to control the whores, the dope dealers, the numbers runners and the burglars.

Don’t act like I’m crazy. Everybody has heard the story, true or false, about the CIA moving cocaine, mostly crack, on the West Coast not too long ago.

In today’s news, we read and hear about politicians with strippers, escorts and other sordid characters. Elected officials have laundered money and even hid a few dollars in their ice box freezer!

Boy, wouldn’t it be something if the new police were the new pimps?

There is no moral story to this column. The contents were just part of discussions I heard in the hood recently about the changing roles of organized criminals and those that took an oath to fight the criminals. (Buy Gantt’s book “Beast Too: Dead Man Writing” at any major bookstore and contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net)

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About The Author

Lucius B. Gantt is founder and President of All World Consultants. His expertise is in media and communications. A graduate of Georgia State University's School of Journalism, the Washington Journalism Center and also the Florida State University Graduate School, Gantt worked as a professional at WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and the Associated Press in Atlanta, National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., The Associated Press, Sports Desk, in New York City and WFSU-FM, WFSU-TV and the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida's capital city before starting All World Consultants in 1980. As a lobbyist, Gantt has represented The Florida Medical Association, The Florida League of Hospitals, Bell South Mobility, Cellular Division, Hialeah Park (racetrack) Inc., The Florida Consortium of Urban Leagues, The Florida State Branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Minuteman Fireworks, and The United Minority Contractors. He currently provides government regulation services for Winsonic Digital Media Network , and media consulting services for "Commodore" Thomas "Mr. Brickhouse" McClary, (www.thomasmcclary.com), The Video Access Alliance, The Florida African American Education Alliance Contemporary Fine Artist Purvis Young, Hip Hop Illustrator/Blogger, Lance Scurvin (www.LanceScurv.com), Author Dr. James Scruggs, and Aliyah Najm, mother of recording star "T-Pain".

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    What can I say Lance. It's a sick world. same thing happens in Nigeria. That's why the Bible prescribes binding the principalities, powers and rulers of darkness with our prayers. It's the only way.

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